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With us since our beginnings, Shanni and Jesse are staple members of the ThirdSpace team. They're known to run, lift, and clean like bosses, and they're also pretty awesome individuals. Shanni is constantly breaking personal records by lifting heavier and Jesse is right beside her pushing himself beyond limitations. They both attend classes on a consistent basis and are proof that hard work pays off. If you’re a newcomer and haven't been in a class with them yet, definitely arrange time to do so to hear about their progress. For now, here's some fun stuff to know about the ThirdSpace power couple. 

Name: Shanni & Jesse


S: 32

J: 36

Occupation and/or School:

S: Human Resources at LinkedIn

J: Health Insurance at Google


S: Christmas, Florida

J: Walnut Creek, CA

Athletic background/favorite sports:

S: Background? Everything. I did ballet for 10 years, swimming, horseback riding. Dancing has always been my favorite, if that counts as a sport.

J: Played high school football and basketball.

Other hobbies:

S: Reading, painting, puzzles & crafts, watching cartoons, Obstacle Racing, Flywheel

J: Streaming TV, Podcasts, NBA/NFL, shopping for sneakers, hiking

Favorite type of class: 

S: Crossfit and Power lifting. I know Olympic lifting is good for me, but no one likes snatches.

J: Crossfit and Power lifting.

How long have you both been at ThirdSpace and what brought you here:

S: I joined in June 2015... so, 2.5 years now. I had wanted to try crossfit for a little while to train for Obstacle Course Racing, but hadn't found anything in downtown San Jose. Danielle posted a giveaway on the "Downtown Dwellers" group and I won!

J: 2 years. Shanni brought me.

Fitness goals:

J: Get jacked and juicy (like Robert Frank)

S: To be super spry and hiking up mountains when I'm 80


Favorite workout:

S: Anything body weight. Running, rowing, pushups, situps, air squats

J: Deadlifts, Cleans, Squats, rowing, pull ups, toes to bar, box jumps

Least favorite workout: 

S: Jumping rope.

J: Thrusters, Walls Balls, double unders

Favorite lift:

S: Deadlifts.

J: Deadlifts, Cleans, Squats

 Least favorite lift:

S: Thrusters.

J: Behind the head snatch grip push press, overhead squats, squat snatches

Strangest thing we would find in your gym bag:

S: I don't really think any of it's strange ... mouth guard? too many extra socks?

J: work stuff/ post it notes

What does ThirdSpace mean to you:  

S: It's my gym. A great community. Sometimes I think I spend more time at ThirdSpace during the week than I do in my apartment. At this point I think I'd feel a little lost without it.

J: Thirdspace means a lot to me, since it is very responsible for a huge lifestyle change. I was in very bad shape when I started and now I am at least in good average shape for my age. Thirdspace is a great place to learn and lift and not worry about what anyone thinks.